🔼The name Andrew in the Bible
Andrew and Peter were from Bethsaida (John 1:44) and worked the Sea of Galilee as fishermen (Matthew 4:18). Andrew had previously belonged to the school of John the Baptist and was introduced to Jesus by John and even went to Jesus' house. Andrew went to find his brother and introduced him too to Jesus, explaining that He was the Messiah (John 1:35-40). Jesus rendered upon Simon the nickname Cephas, but it seems that after that the men went home.
At some point Jesus decided that He would need disciples, and He famously called Andrew and Simon by referring to Jeremiah's paragraph on world-wide restoration and global understanding of Truth, saying that He would make them fishers of men (Matthew 4:19, Jeremiah 16:16).
Andrew became one of Jesus' twelve disciples but plays a surprisingly small role in the Bible. He is mentioned by name a mere six times in the gospel of John, four times in Mark, twice in Matthew, and only once in both Luke and Acts.
Tradition and various church fathers report that Andrew focused his ministry on Scythia (a region north of the Black Sea, stretching from eastern Europe to present day Kazakhstan) and that makes him still one of the most revered Christian heroes in that region. He is said to have been crucified in the Greek city of Patra(s), about 200 kilometers due west of Athens, on a saltire or X-shaped cross, which became aptly known as the Saint Andreas' Cross.
🔼Etymology of the name Andrew
The name Andrew or Andreas derives from the familiar noun ανηρ (aner), meaning man:
More specifically, our name probably comes from an adaptation of the noun ανδρεια (andrea), which appears to be a word that was manufactured to fit the meter of a certain old poem. But it caught on and was used by several Greek poets of the old world. It means manliness or a manly spirit, as opposed to δειλια (deilia), meaning timidity or cowardice, and some innovators even used this word to describe courageous women. Negatively, this word may be used to mean hardihood or even insolence, and on occasion it refers to the membrum virile. When it occurs in plural it denotes brave deeds.
The name Andrew means Manly, Courageous or Brave and it seems to reflect the very command with which YHWH began his covenant with Abraham, of which Jesus Christ is the fulfilment (Genesis 15:1). This command also became the single most repeated command in the ministry of Jesus: Be not afraid! (Matthew 10:31, 14:27, 17:7, 28:5, 28:10, Mark 5:36, 6:50, Luke 1:13, 1:30, 2:10, 5:10, 8:50, 12:7, 12:32, John 6:20, 12:15, Acts 18:9, 27:24, Revelation 1:17, 2:10).